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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 2111 ..

Mr Humphries: On the point of order, Mr Speaker: I think it was only yesterday that Mr Berry argued that someone could not make a standing order 46 explanation during question time. He should be consistent at least.

MR SPEAKER: I was about to make the same point.

Mr Berry: It was in the course of a debate and before the question was put, Mr Speaker. That is the difference.

MR SPEAKER: It is all right. You can make the statement at the end of question time. I will be happy to entertain that.

Mr Berry: You are refusing me leave now?

MR SPEAKER: Yes. I am saying that we are in question time.

Schools - Staffing Supplementation

MS McRAE: My question is to Mr Stefaniak in his capacity as Minister for Education, and I would ask Mr Stefaniak to check his facts before he maligns my attendance at that meeting. I can bring you my invitation. Three people came personally to my office to invite me to that meeting. You can say whatever you like.

Mr Humphries: Members of the Labor Party?

MS McRAE: Thank you, Mr Humphries. That is an unnecessary and unpleasant interjection. You, of all people, who are choosing to call me all sorts of names, are now maligning the people of Charnwood. We will remember that. Minister, can you please give the house a complete list of all the schools that have lost or are about to lose their staffing supplementation, and explain how other proposed closures are being planned?

MR STEFANIAK: "Other proposed closures are being planned". Really, Ms McRae! Firstly, have you got - - -

Ms McRae: You are the one who said that it took three years of planning. Now just explain.

MR SPEAKER: Order! You have asked a question, Ms McRae.

MR STEFANIAK: I think I said something like, "You lot should have looked at it two years ago". But in terms of other proposed closures, what we are trying to do is ensure that this situation does not occur. No-one likes the idea of a school closing. We are trying to ensure that this is avoided. I have said that supplementation is not the answer. Even the people I spoke to at Charnwood said that they realised that supplementation could not go on forever, and that is quite clear. I think it has been said in this house that supplementation has been ceased also for Stirling College, for very similar reasons.

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